News & Reviews: SmartWatch
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2013
All eyes are on Samsung to deliver a better smartwatch than the ones already in the market, especially as Apple is having problems with the iWatch. Quite a lot of rumoured tech specs have been circulating recently for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch which includes:
- 1.5GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5412 processor / 1.5Ghz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 1.67-inch AMOLED display (320 x 320 pixels) / 2.5-inch OLED display (320 x 320 pixels) / 3.5-inch display
- 2MP Camera
- Supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE + NFC + speaker + mic
- Android 4.1 / Android 4.2
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2013
After the recent Ubuntu Edge introduction, all sorts of startups promising super-high-end tech gadgets seem to be coming up and Hyetis is no different. The only difference is that rather than a smartphone, Hyetis are aiming for a smartwatch called the Hyetis Crossbow that will feature a 41MP camera sensor along with a whole bunch of other high-end features. The company has come up with a number of renders for the device and have stated that it will have a zoom lens with a ring flash, noise-cancelling microphone, GPS, Biometric sensors, WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth while supporting Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8 smartphones. While we're thinking an additional fingerprint scanner sounds just a bit far-fetched, such a smartwatch would probably merit the asking price of $1200 (RM3933) which Hyetis wants for it. There aren't any details on how they'd fit in a battery that could support all this and last for a day but if you're interested do check out the Hyetis site.
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2013
According to some tipsters, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is apparently real and coming soon under the model name of SM-V700. The smartwatch will use an OLED flexible display and have two capacitive touch buttons for the menu and the back button along with a physical power button. There may also be a USB port for charging and a standard 3.5mm jack for microphone, speakers or headphones. These same tipseters say that it will likely be revealed at the upcoming Samsung Unpacked 2 event on 4 September right before the IFA 2013 as an additional accessory to the Samsung Galaxy Note III phablet (which sounds quite similar to how Sony revealed their recent SmartWatch 2). No other details just yet, but the tipsters are quite well known for being accurate so we'll just wait and see what happens.
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2013
Recently the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch got a trademark application along with a couple of patents giving a flexible look to Samsung's upcoming smartwatch. In view of this some renderers have come up with some glossy looking pics of how the smartwatch would look, based on these patents. The renders do look good but admittedly don't have a very official look to them. However, they could give some idea as to how the smartwatch may be personalized if the design does get adopted for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. For now, check out the pics of the smartwatch in colour and see if it's futuristicly flexible screen is the one you'd wrap around your wrist if you were ever in the market for a smartwatch.
Last Updated: Aug 06, 2013
Just like everyone else, Samsung are developing a smartwatch and according to trademark application forms drafted to the US patents office, it will be named the Samsung Galaxy Gear. In statements that are nearly impossible to miss the application states a wristwatch device for notifications much in the same way as other smartwatch devices. In related news, Samsung was also caught patenting some wristwatch designs including a flexible display model that curls up like a wristband. No news when it will be coming to Malaysia and other markets or for how much but we expect very soon, especially with the upcoming unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note III. For now, check out the various patent drawings and applications below for a look at what could be Samsung's new smartwatch.
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2013
When it was first announced in June, the Sony SmartWatch 2 was estimated to arrive in September but according to UK retailer Clove, Sony supposedly said it would be released on 15 July 2013, but with the date now passed Clove have come back and received news from Sony that the new release date would 9 September 2013. Apparently Clove has already put out orders (or pre-orders in this case) for the smartwatch but will keep the money and ship out the SmartWatch when it arrives.
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2013
Along with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Sony also released their latest version of their smartwatch, the Sony SmartWatch 2. Partially made as a companion accessory to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the SmartWatch 2 has a number of features which include:
- 1.6-inch Transflective LCD (220 x 176 pixel)
- Supports NFC, Bluetooth 3.0
- Charges through micro USB
- Aluminum + Polished plastic body
- Battery (7 days Low usage, normal usage 3-4 days)
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2013
While every other major tech manufacturer (Sony, Google, Microsoft, Intel) seem to be gearing up for their own versions of smartwatches, the Pebble smartwatch alone has led the way in terms of functionality and design. Following in their crowd-funded footsteps is the Agent smartwatch, created in collaboration between Secret Labs and The House of Horology which provides a host of features that sound simply awesome. These features include:
- 120MHz ARM Cortex-M4 processor with secondary AVR co-processor
- 1.28-inch Memory Display (128 x 128) with intelligent backlighting
- Anti-glare glass lens
- Bluetooth 4.0 BD/EDR + LE
- 3-axis accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Vibration motor
- 7 days battery life (typical) / 30 days in watchface-only mode
- Qi wireless charging
- Water resistant (ATMs: TBD)
- Easy SDK development (AGENT OS 1.0 including .NET Micro Framework 4.3)
- RoHS, Pb-free
- Designed for repair and recycling including replaceable battery
- Compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone
- six colours (orange, black, green, red, blue and white)
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2013
Sony has brought a number of SmartWatches out for consumers from 2010 to 2012. However, not many have sold (perhaps due to very high prices and limited functionality). However, with a number other competitors looking to make smartwatches of their own, Sony are looking to release a new SmartWatch pretty soon. In tweets released recently, Sony have teased a statistic from BI Intelligence stating that "1/3 smartphone users want smart wrist wear" and an image of the previous Sony SmartWatch while hinting that they may release this new Sony SmartWatch at the Mobile Asia Expo, due from 26 June 2013 to 28 June 2013 in Shanghai. No other teasers or other data were available so stay tuned for further developments.
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2013
Sony have already released their wearable computer SmartWatch, but in a move to open up app development for the device, they've since opened up the SmartWatch to other developers. This means the device can now be unlocked and developers can then flash alternative firmware for the device. If you're looking to do some SmartWatch development you can do so at the Open SmartWatch Project site. Sony have made a SmartWatch Hacker Guide available. In tandem with this, Sony are also co-arranging the SmartWatch Arduino Hackathon which combines Arduino firmware with the Sony SmartWatch. We'd love to have a custom working SmartWatch so if you have any ideas, do drop by.